HOW LONG CAN a human heart sit in a cooler of ice—thirsty for vein-borne blood, detached from oxygen and lungs—before it becomes useless to the transplant patient who desperately needs it? Not much longer than six hours, and that’s already pushing it, says Dr. Thierry Mesana, chief of cardiac surgery at the Ottawa Heart Institute.By ALEX BALLINGALL
1. THE CAT’S TABLE 3(11) Michael Ondaatje 2. THE SENSE OF AN ENDING 2(14) Julian Barnes 3.1Q84 Haruki Murakami 1 (3) 4. THE STRANGER’S CHILD 8(5) Alan Hollinghurst 5. A GOOD MAN Guy Vanderhaeghe 10 (2) 6. THE NIGHT CIRCUS 4(8) Erin MorgensternBy Brian Bethune
British Columbia: A farmer sued a local fish habitat conservation agency, claiming its criticism of his plan to dump 100,000 truckloads of dirt was eroding the value of his property. He sought $13 million in damages. Dismissing the case, a judge called his claims “greatly exaggerated” and “fabricated.”By ALEX BALLINGALL
UPBEAT STORIES to spin were in short supply at last week’s G20 summit at Cannes. The host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, narrowly avoided disaster on his home turf when the destabilizing prospect of a Greek referendum on the country’s debt crisis faded.By JOHN GEDDES
HER NAME COMES second on the book covers, but there’s little question who leads Canada’s hockey writers. Since 2009, Kirstie McLellan Day has piloted the “autobiographies” of Theo Fleury, the late Bob Probert, and now Hockey Night in Canada ’s Ron MacLean, to the heights of bestseller lists.By JONATHON GATEHOUSE
“WHO KNEW, 30 years ago, that chia had all these wonderful health properties?” exclaims Joseph Pedott, the entrepreneur who marketed the Chia Pet, the famous terracotta figurine of infomercial fame that’s sold more than 10 million units.By JOANNE LATIMER
Emma Teitel’s excellent article on plagiarism confirms my suspicions about the bureaucracy at some of the institutions of higher learning, particularly in certain academic disciplines (“Accused,” University Issues, Nov. 7). For a university to punish a student for including in her essay, and not properly attributing, a two-word term previously used by another author, is going too far.
Blue Nights is a continuation of Joan Didion’s rumination on grief that began with The Year of Magical Thinking, written following the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, eight years ago. The new book is an inquiry into her relationship with her daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne, who died less than two years later, at 39, following an avalanche of medical crises.By SARAH MURDOCH
They remain a study in contrasts, but Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy—the oil and water of European politics—have become improbably chummy as they navigate the Greek debt crisis. Merkel gave the French president a teddy bear last week for his new baby, Giulia, and the two shared a mischievous grin after Sarkozy threw the German chancellor a question about the future of embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, to whom the pair had earlier read the riot act.By CHARLIE GILLIS, ALEX BALLINGALL, RICHARD WARNICA
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